Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
Sun Exposure: Light Shade
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Patent Information: Non-patented
Seed Collecting: N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
Growing Habit: Mound-like
Growth Rate: Fast
Leaf Shape: Ovate
Leaf Appearance: Corrugated
Degree to which the appearance is present: Lightly
Leaf Texture (top): Slightly Shiny
Leaf Texture (bottom): Glaucous Bloom
Leaf Substance: 3 (Average)
Leaf Color: Medium Green Dark Green Greenish-yellow (Chartreuse) Golden Yellow Creamy White
On Jun 5, 2009, wendymadre from Petersburg, VA wrote:
My garden is situated in Petersburg, South Central Virginia, Zone 7. Because I've seen most hostas mainly in small pots for sale (I need to tour more shade gardens), I was surprised at the size that they attain after several years. I know that the information about their size is printed out on labels, but their lushness in the leaf is still a wonder. After all, not everything in my garden thrives or even survives. Gold Standard is a refreshing addition to my shade bed. A hosta breeder told me that there is a saying about hostas: "The first year they sleep, the second they creep, the third year they leap." Yep, Gold Standard is leaping, all right. Just lovely.
On Apr 24, 2008, Spookycharles from Langley, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:
An absolutely gorgeous and vigorous hosta when properly sited.
I initially planted this variety with some of my other hostas in a location on the north side of the house that received some midday direct sun but which was overall fairly shady. In that location the leaves of the Gold Standard bleached and browned.
When I moved the plant back into a location that received only indirect sun it soon began growing new leaves. It has continued to grow very well in that lighting condition while retaining the variety's beautiful vibrant yellow coloring.
On Jan 1, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
I purchased a 'gold standard' and planted it back in 2000 in my lower garden. For several years it did so-so in the area I had it in where it received partial sun but was planted in moist heavy clay and wasn't particularly happy. The foliage faded to a sickly goldish color in the sun.
I moved it to it's present location in spring of 2003 - rich loam and dappled sunlight part of the day - and it has gone crazy ever since. It's size has increased dramatically and coloration is outstanding. It brightens up the whole shade garden (see the photo). I didn't realize how beautiful this old cultivar is until I moved it to the shade! Now the centers stay a much richer light green with the darker margins and it will occasionally throw an odd varigation.
On May 18, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:
The leaf color changes over the growing season and is effected by the amount of sun it gets. It has a rapid growth to a medium-large mound at maturity.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Montgomery, Alabama Paradise, California Oxford, Connecticut Bonifay, Florida Cordele, Georgia Lawrenceville, Georgia Marietta, Georgia Batavia, Illinois Machesney Park, Illinois Mount Prospect, Illinois Nilwood, Illinois Washington, Illinois Woodridge, Illinois Newburgh, Indiana Wichita, Kansas Tompkinsville, Kentucky Sumner, Maine Lexington, Massachusetts Lunenburg, Massachusetts Springfield, Massachusetts Howell, Michigan Plainwell, Michigan Royal Oak, Michigan South Lyon, Michigan Traverse City, Michigan Minneapolis, Minnesota Young America, Minnesota Lothair, Montana Cape May Court House, New Jersey Cayuga Heights, New York Croton-on-hudson, New York Schenectady, New York Southold, New York Fearrington, North Carolina Belfield, North Dakota Coshocton, Ohio Fruit Hill, Ohio Glouster, Ohio West Alexandria, Ohio East Norriton, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania North Augusta, South Carolina Memphis, Tennessee Garland, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas Arlington, Virginia Big Stone Gap, Virginia Lexington, Virginia Linden, Virginia Newport News, Virginia Richmond, Virginia Elma, Washington Inglewood-finn Hill, Washington Lea Hill, Washington Mercer Island, Washington Newport, Washington Puyallup, Washington Tacoma, Washington Vancouver, Washington Buffalo, West Virginia Great Cacapon, West Virginia Bowler, Wisconsin Brillion, Wisconsin Eau Claire, Wisconsin Lake Delton, Wisconsin Lake Lac La Belle, Wisconsin Marion, Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin Owen, Wisconsin West Allis, Wisconsin